So I’m writing today basically on behalf of a friend that’s really struggling. She’s living in a very rural part of the state I live in and struggling to get the most basic health care mentally with a lot of diagnosis. She’s dealing with a quickly developing form of anorexia, self-injury, borderline personality disorder, and schizoaffective disorder.
I’ve been trying to help my friend for the past six months or so find treatment. It didn’t work out for her at a group home that took forever for her to get into, because they said she needed a higher level of care and was apparently hospitalized too many times for them.
The intermediate care facility that I’m in and others, said that her BPD self injury and eating disorder behaviors are beyond the scope of what they can handle. Which surprised me as these places tend to accept clients with severe disorders, psychosis, mood disorders ETC. A couple residents here have SI issues but not to the extent she does. I’m tired of hearing people say she needs specialized care or even acting like she’s some germy thing they won’t touch, yet giving no duidance or compassion.
But I’m getting off track for this post. The one option we have been able to find is an organization called Mercy Ministries now called Mercy Multiplied. It’s a Christian based program that works with girls in their teens and twenties with such issues as recovery from abuse, BPD, eating disorders, self injury teen pregnancy ETC. It uses The Bible and other Christian counseling techneques and claims great success. And it’s free basically. I think you only have to pay two hundred dollars or something.
So it’s definitely a big plus for those on very low incomes and with Medicaid as all doors to residential treatment seem to be locked for those on Medicaid unless you happen to be lucky enough to be in a state where a program accepts Medicaid and then who knows what hoops you have to jump through to get in.
I’ve researched the place obviously. And found a lot of contradictory information. There were a good number of course that said the treatment center worked really well for them and they’re happy they went. That it brought them closer to God and this was very healing. There are however a whole run of articles over the years stating that Mercy is a cult, that the leaders are extremely controlling and control all aspects of the resident’s lives including what they read listen to or even talk about. That there have also been cases of recovered memory therapy and cases where a girl coming in with no history of abuse leaves believing she was sexually abused.
This worried me from the outset that this organization is and was taking advantage of very vulnerable girls. Knowing of course that they have really no access to care of that kind at all with their low income/ Medicaid status. I am biased as I do have a counseling degree but have not researched at all Christian counseling. So don’t really know where the line is between what’s ethical counseling and what’s spiritual abuse.
As time went on and my search for alternatives turned up nothing, besides people who really didn’t care yet are so eager to talk with those who can hand out thousands of dolars, I’ve started to realize Mercy Multiplied might be the only option. It frustrates me not that this place is on the list of options or that it’s necessarily all bad. But that out of the whole country only one place no matter what it is is the only option for in depth residential treatment. When so many centers are open and waiting for those who have the ability to pay.
So I’m asking for honest opinions good or bad about this treatment center. And if possible and comfortable if you could lay out concretely as possible what the treatment consisted of. I’m particularly interested to hear from those who went in dealing with eating disorders, BPD, and self injury.
I’ve read all the articles pros and cons and would like to personally talk with those involved in order to get a better perspective on the center. Thanks so much.